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HOW-TO: Change the window border size in Windows Vista

If you are using the Windows Vista Basic theme you have probably noticed that the window borders are rather thick, and may even look slightly unattractive (this depends on your preferences of course). Here's how you can make that window border smaller to clean things up a bit:

  • Right click on the desktop and click on "Personalization".
  • Click on Window Color and Appearance.
  • In the Appearance Settings window select "Windows Vista Basic" from the color scheme list.
  • Click on the "Advanced…" button.
  • Under "Item" click on the drop-down list and click on "Border Padding".
  • In the "Size" box set it to 0, 1 or 2
  • Click OK to dismiss the "Advanced Appearance" dialog, and then click OK again to dismiss the "Appearance Settings" dialog.

If you are using Windows Aero, you can still make the window border smaller but it requires two extra steps.

  • Right click on the desktop and click on "Personalization".
  • Click on Window Color and Appearance.
  • Click on "Open classic appearance properties for more color options".
  • In the Appearance Settings window select "Windows Aero" from the color scheme list.
  • Click on the "Advanced…" button.
  • Under "Item" click on the drop-down list and click on "Border Padding".
  • In the "Size" box set it to 0, 1 or 2
  • Click OK to dismiss the "Advanced Appearance" dialog, and then click OK again to dismiss the "Appearance Settings" dialog.
  • Click OK in the "Window Color and Appearance" window to apply the settings and then close the Control Panel window.
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